a friend

Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan studied arts at the Henan University in Kaifeng (China, 1988) and the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, in Beijing (1993). In addition to his sculpture and photo works, he is also known for performances that put his own physical and mental resistance to test. His production approaches issues around politics, religion, tradition, … Continued

Bisected Triangle, Interior Curve

Bisected Triangle, Interior Curve (2002) is part of the Pavilion series made by Dan Graham since the late 1970s. They are works that place themselves in between architecture, sculpture, and site-specific by investigating the relationship between architectural environments and those who inhabit them. In these structures, mirrors of simple and often curved shapes provoke distorted … Continued

Beam Drop Inhotim

Beam Drop Inhotim (2008) is the re-creation of a work made in 1984 at the Art Park, a sculpture park in the state of New York, USA, destroyed three years later. For its version accomplished for Instituto Inhotim, 71 steel beams collected in junkyards close to Belo Horizonte were hoisted 45 meters high by a … Continued

Beehive Bunker

Installed in one of the highest points of Instituto Inhotim, Beehive Bunker (2006) simulates a warlike protection structure, sort of a surveillance post that can be occupied by one single person. The use of this kind of solitary fortification, a military structure made popular during World War II (1939-1945), reflects Chris Burden’s concern with political … Continued


One of the keys to interpret Inmensa (1982-2002) is precisely in its title: at the same time the Latin expression in mensa means ‘over the table,’ its sound recalls the term immense, a reference to its height of eight meters. This work by Cildo Meireles is a version based on the homonymous piece created in … Continued

untitled (2001)

In untitled (2001), Edgard de Souza revisits the bronze statuary tradition between the 17th and 19th centuries, an important reference of his work. The midsection is the point of contact between two bodies – that then become, at the same time, two and one. It is possible to recognize a couple, but also one single … Continued

untitled (2000); untitled (2002); untitled (2005)

The three sculptures by Edgard de Souza are part of a cast bronze series developed over the 2000s. The silhouette makes reference to a male figure, based on the artist’s own body on a small scale. At Instituto Inhotim, the works were grouped for the first time on top of an elliptic concrete base. Disposed … Continued


In Elevazione (2001), Giuseppe Penone restates his interest in nature not only by using organic and perishable elements, but specially with the incorporation of the passage of time as a work element. Here, a fallen centenary chestnut tree found in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles (France) was molded and later cast in bronze. … Continued

Invenção da Cor, Penetrável Magic Square #5, De Luxe

Magic Square #5 (1977) was built posthumously, following the instructions left by Hélio Oiticica in texts, plans, models, and samples. The term square, meaning equally a ‘plaza’ and a geometric figure, unveils essential elements in the artist’s thinking: the interest in public space as a meeting point, and the heritage of geometric tradition in his … Continued

Abre a porta (2006); Rodoviária de Brumadinho (2005)

The works of John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres portray the usages and traditions of communities close to Instituto Inhotim. Both Abre a porta (2006) and Rodoviária de Brumadinho (2005) are the result of a long immersive process of the duo in the daily life of Brumadinho. In the first mural, one can see the representation … Continued



Now on